One More Superbloom Hike

Scissors Crossing to Rodriguez Spur and back (19 miles, +3,600/-3,600 feet). I’ve been to Anza A LOT this year but I still can’t get enough of the superbloom!  For this one I joined my hiking buddy BarnFinder and a friend of his who likes to track his heart while hiking.  It was easy to come…

Quartz Vein Wash and Sunset Wash

Quartz Vein Wash to Sunset Wash to San Felipe Creek (6 miles, +1,100/-1,100 feet). It’s spring break!  Half Cookie and I wanted to go check out the Superbloom in Anza-Borrego, so I looked at the Anza Borego Desert Natural History Association’s updated map of the best places to see wildflowers. They said flowers were great…

Borrego Badlands

Inspiration Point to Smoke Tree Wash (6 miles, +600/-800 feet) It was surprisingly calm last night, though it felt a little colder than I expected for high 30s. We decided to avoid the main washes today, and that turned out to be a great choice.  Just north of the badlands, the terrain is pretty mellow,…

Vista del Malpais

Coachwhip Canyon to Inspiration Point (12 miles, +1,200/-1,000 feet). We’ve had a crazy cold and wet winter in San Diego.  And that means something special in the Anza Borrego Desert: Superbloom! This year there are actually going to be two “pulses” to the superbloom.  There is one that just peaked along S-22 due to a…

Rockhouse Canyon

Cottonwood Springs to Rockhouse Canyon Trailhead (8 miles, +300/-2,200 feet). It was colder last night than I expected, though we got absolutely no wind so we were both comfortable in our tents.  We awoke to a beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. In an extremely unusual move for both of us, we decided to wait…

Buck Ridge and Alder Canyon

Rockhouse Canyon Trailhead to Cottonwood Springs (12 miles, +3,700/-1,800 feet). It was time for another winter trip with MixMaster, and the cold temperatures usually mean we stay close here in SoCal.  This time we decided to head to Anza-Borrego and explore the region below Toro Peak. We were originally going to head out yesterday, but…

Kwaaymii Point Stroll

Kwaaymi Point to PCT Halfmile 55.8 and back (5 miles, +1,000/-1.000 feet). Half Cookie and I heard they had snow up at Mount Laguna on Christmas Day, and I really wanted to try out my new MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes.  So we decided to drive up for a day hike. But when we got there…

Butler Canyon

Rockhouse Canyon to Butler Canyon (10 miles, +1,500/-1,500 feet). My buddy Quercus just got some new GPS toys to take with him on an upcoming trip to Baja, so he decided to do a test hike in the desert and he invited me to come along.  It’s a good thing he drove, too, because I…

Carrizo Gorge Plan B

Arsenic Spring to Tule Canyon and back, then Scissors Crossing (PCT Halfmile 77.3) to Third Gate (PCT 91.2) (18 miles, +4,000/-3,000 feet). Carrizo Gorge is the site of the famous Goat Canyon Trestle, reportedly the largest wooden railroad bridge in the world.  I have always wanted to see the gorge up close and personal, and…

Mortero Palms

Mortero Palms trailhead to saddle with Goat Canyon (4 miles, +1,600/-1,600 feet). Half Cookie and I wanted a nice day hike for the holidays, and since it’s been pretty cold for us here in San Diego (below 60!) we decided to go to the desert. I’ve always had my eye on a cross-country route to…

Down to the Superbloom

Villager Peak to S-22 Trailhead (7 miles, +0/-5,000 feet). After a tough climbing day you might think it would be nice for it to be all downhill from here.  But down can sometimes be even harder, especially for someone like me who occasionally experiences knee problems.  The key is to take it slow, especially the…

A Rascally Rabbit

S-22 Trailhead to Villager Peak to Rabbit Peak to Villager Peak (14 miles, +8,300/-3,300 feet). Modern Hiker calls this one of the most challenging hikes in Southern California — maybe even more so than Cactus to Clouds.  At 14 miles it’s not that long, but 8,300 feet of elevation gain in one day is a lot,…